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  • #98658

    OB
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    BLB

    This is the first post in a series on the Battle of Killiecrankie.   I have nearly all the toys I need to game the battle and the missing bits are in the post from Irregular.  The main thing about Killiecrankie was the Highland Charge so that’s the bit to get right.  I’ll be using Beneath the Lily Banners-War of Three Kings again so I thought I’d write a blog on how Highlanders work under that rule set.  I think BLB has pretty much captured what’s needed and it should work well on the table top.

    I’ve taken the plunge and based up 4 units of Highlanders, I’ll need another one too.  As you can see they’re based 6 figures to the stand which I like and think looks like a Highland charge.  I’ve used figures from Essex, Irregular, Khurasan and Matchlock and a couple of other outfits too.  To my eye they fit together nicely.  The heathery mountain in the backdrop is a surviving piece from a Marx Charge of The Light Brigade play set I was given as a child.

    The BLB Highlander stat’s and some other thoughts and more pics are up on my blog if you’d like a look.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com/

     

     

    • This topic was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by  OB.

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    #98663
    Not Connard Sage
    Not Connard Sage
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    I’ll be watching with interest. Does BLB work OK for small battles?

    We did Killiecrankie years ago with Gush’s WRG rules. They were OK, can’t remember the result though. 🙂

     

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    #98668

    OB
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    Apparently it does but I’m not speaking from experience yet.  Killiecrankie is a nice straight forward battle, line them up on both sides and one side charges.  I’m looking forward to the game.

    I used to play Gush’s rules too, quite liked them.

     

     

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    #98674
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
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    Looking forward to reading more about this.

    #98676
    vtsaogames
    vtsaogames
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    “Looking forward to reading more about this.”

    Me too.

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    #98682

    OB
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    Thanks lads.

    The plan is to put up the following posts:

    The Jacobite Army at Killiecrankie

    The Williamite Army at Killiecrankie

    The ground and deployment of both armies and the historical account of the battle

    The first phase of the game

    The charge begins and the effect of Williamite Fire-power

    Jacobite reaction and charge home

    A blog post on how the rules worked for this type of battle.

     

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    #98718
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
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    Sounds good, now hurry up and post!

    #98735
    Neil Scott
    Neil Scott
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    Look forward to seeing your progress

    Double six! I need a double six

    #98737

    OB
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    Next post will be up in a day or two KB .  Dundee’s Horse are done!  Dundee’s standard bearer and himself have yet to arrive but two figures are not a big job. Two more Highlander figures need doing as well and that’s the last Clan unit.  It’s coming together.

     

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    #98747
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
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    Very cool. Guess I can wait till the weekend.

    #98748
    norm smith
    norm smith
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    I like 6 figure, 2 ranked bases. It will be interesting to your  feelings on the rules in due course

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    #98808

    OB
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    Thanks Norm.  The rules as written look quite promising for this action.  The regulars when charged have to test for what range they opened fire short, effective or long.  In the battle they volleyed at 75 yards which was insufficient to stop the Highland charge.  We will see how it works out in the game.

    If anyone reading this happens to know if Lauder’s Fusiliers were a regiment or a composite of detachments I’d be grateful for the information.  There were 200 of them which inclines me to think the latter-but it could have been an understrength Battalion.

    OB
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    #98836

    OB
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    Composite of detachments I’ve since found out which saves me some painting.

    OB
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    #98956

    OB
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    blb

    That’s the Killiecrankie Jacobites done and posted on my blog.  I realise this is the first time I’ve ever painted an army for a specific battle.  Lots of folk do and I now see the attraction.  Anyhow that’s Bonny Dundee above with the royal standard of Scotland next to him.  Below are the Jacobite cavalry.

    You can see the rest of them at this link.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com/

     

     

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    #99148

    OB
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    This project is turning into quite a saga.  It’s not the painting, that’s proceeding nicely and my Williamite Army for Killiecrankie will be up in the next couple of days.

    No, it’s the battle itself.  Everyone more or less agrees on the outcome-it’s pretty indisputable.  Beyond that pretty much everything is disputed by someone, numbers, casualties and who fought and who fled.

    Next month Helion is publishing a book by Jonathan Oates on Killiecrankie and I’m hoping to get some clarity from it,  Meantime I’ve been digging away and I have come to a view of what happened during the battle.  It may not be the correct view but it’s sufficient to play the game.

    A learning experience I suppose and a part of the hobby I enjoy.

    OB
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    #99176
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
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    Glad you are enjoying it!

    #99183

    OB
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    Yeah, it’s grand.  So far I’ve read Balfour’s Regiment didn’t fire a shot, killed 600 with three volleys, deserted their commander who was then killed.  It’s like the X Files the truth is out there.

     

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    #99276

    OB
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    blb

    Here’s General Hugh Mackay the Williamite Commander at Killiecrankie.  Below we can see his regiment which is part of the Dutch Scot’s Brigade.

    There were 3 regiments in the Brigade all were at Killiecrankie.  There were also two newly raised regiments this one is Lord Kenmore’s as you can see they have not all got their uniforms yet.

    You can see the rest of the Army at:

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com/

     

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    #99284
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
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    They look good, when will they fight??

    #99316

    OB
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    Next weekend is the plan everything is painted so we are good to go.

     

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    #99470

    OB
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    I thought I’d take a look at The Braes of Killiecrankie and see what it told us.  You can read it here if you’ve a mind to and also listen to the song.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com/

     

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